Photo via Pixabay by StockSnap Guest Contribution In today's political climate, more and more people have taken to protesting in order to be heard. These events are often rallies where individuals with the same views come together and try to make change, and while many of them are peaceful, there are sometimes verbal or physical … Continue reading Staying Safe While Protesting: A Guide for the Entire Family
The Child-Friendly Housing Coalition has been in the midst of some re-organizing. Previously, the CFHCA started out as a means by which to rally towards protection for children in housing in Alberta. This window of opportunity arose as a result of a January 2017 court ruling on age and the Charter. The government had agreed … Continue reading What Priorities Should We Look At?
Making the Right Changes to Get Your Home and Your Life Ready If you have a disability, you’re probably used to making adaptations to live independently, but when you’re about to become a parent, adaptations take on a whole new meaning. Babies depend on you entirely, and meeting their needs is a little different from … Continue reading Planning for Parenthood With a Disability
Many people assume that self-care should only be a priority for adults. In reality, kids can benefit from self-care, too. Children often face stressful situations, such as challenging school assignments. Plus, they are actively figuring out who they are, and that isn’t easy. Overall, 27 percent of children in Canada say they’ve felt sad or … Continue reading How Alberta Parents Can Help Their Kids Build Good Self-Care Habits
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if you have children over the age of six, it’s important to encourage good screen time habits and to teach your kids the importance of using TV and video games in a healthy manner. Below are four ideas for helping your kids safely enjoy their favourite video games. … Continue reading 4 Ideas for Helping Your Children Enjoy Video Games
Alberta's Bill 23, the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act of 2017, was introduced with a stated purpose to enhance protections of children in housing and bring children’s rights in alignment with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We compared Alberta and Ontario’s relevant legislation regarding housing rights for children, in order to see whether … Continue reading A Tale of Two Provinces
It’s now election time. You can take your chance to ask your candidates questions related to children, housing and human rights. Here are some possible questions below. If elected, how will your government address: 1) birthovictions, the forced eviction of women upon giving birth in age-restricted condo buildings, cooperatives and mobile home parks? 2) lack … Continue reading Questions for your candidates
Lola is the mother of a newborn. She lives with her husband and her infant daughter in Calgary, Alberta. My husband and I rented an adult-only condo in August 2017. The condo was in a relatively newer subdivision called Cranston, in the far south end of Calgary. It was about a 30-minute drive from … Continue reading Lola: Unable to remain in condo after having given birth
The Alberta Human Rights Commission and the tribunals that accompany the human rights complaint procedure are responsible for assessing whether the human rights laws of the land (namely, the laws contained in the Alberta Human Rights Act) have been broken. If broken, the tribunals may assess awards to be paid out to those adversely affected … Continue reading We Want to Hear from You!
As of January 1, 2018, landlords can no longer discriminate on the basis of age in Alberta. Changes to the Alberta Human Rights Act are now in force. Rental buildings: The changes mean rental buildings can no longer be designated “Adult only” or have age restrictions unless they are designed seniors-only (age 55+). Condominiums: Condos … Continue reading Changes to the Alberta Human Rights Act Now in Force